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Inside: Prize-Winning Orchid • King’s Crown Celebrates 25th Anniversary March 2012 Vol. 7 Issue 3



I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. I am the true vine, and my (JOHN 15:1) Father is the gardener.

SPRING FLING By Rochelle Cherniawski, Editor

(JOHN 15:1)

At Shell Point, the arrival of spring brings what is perhaps the most anticipated event of the year – the Shell Point Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon! This year, women from Shell Point and the surrounding community will gather on March 16 to admire the latest styles and trends from the Bell Tower Shops that are sure to Brighten the Day and Light up the Night. Grab your girlfriends and sign up for a table, because this event is one you won’t want to miss! More information, including how to reserve your seat at this exciting event, can be found on page 3. Along with a bevy of new wardrobe options, the changing season also brings a sense of rejuvenation to the community. Sure, we enjoy the year-round benefit of sunshine, warm weather, and beautiful blooms. But this spring, we can recognize of couple areas of notable renewal at Shell Point. As you pass through the guard gate on The Island, the first building you see on the right is the Welcome Center, the building that has been serving as the hub of all sales activity



since its construction in 1995. Following 17 years of consistent use and considerable staff growth, the Welcome Center received a significant renovation. Turn to page 10 to see the makeover that will improve customer experience for years to come. On the other side of The Island, behind the King’s Crown, you will find the Butterfly Garden. This hidden gem recently underwent a rejuvenation project led by the Shell Point Butterfly Garden Beautification Committee. See page 4 for the full story. And be sure to check out page 6 to read about the unique contribution that Gerry and Suzzanne Wilson (Cellana) made to the Butterfly Garden. I wish I could go on to tell you about all of the great stories and photos we’ve packed into this issue of Shell Point Life – like Anna Marie Nyquist of Harbor Court and her shelling adventures on page 12, or the “Shell-ography” of The Island on page 18. But, I suppose it’s time to let you explore it for yourself. Go ahead, spring in!


Monarchs are just one of the species of butterflies found in Shell Point’s newly refreshed Butterfly Garden located on The Island.


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Shell Point Life is published monthly for the residents of Shell Point Retirement Community. AVP of Communications Lynn Schneider Editor Rochelle Cherniawski Art Director Rich Cerrina Senior Graphic Designer Wendy Iverson Graphic Designer Kathy Grove Assistant Editor Sarah Nadal Contributors Mary Franklin, Teri Kollath, Robyn Church, Bev Chandley, Melody Desilets, Randy Woods, Tim Stephenson, McKenzie Millis, Inga Bredahl, Jessica Clark, Glenda Stephenson, Dawn Boren, Bev Patten, Peggy Holton, Rose Donnelly, Sharon Bermel, and Susan Uhleman Do you have story ideas or photos to share? Contact Rochelle Cherniawski, editor, by calling 239-454-2055 or e-mail: Back Issues Available Online Is there an issue of one of the magazines that you just have to have? Was your friend or family member seen in a recent issue but you lost it? You can find the current issue as well as the back issues of the magazine at

15101 Shell Point Boulevard • Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 466-1131 • Shell Point is a non-profit ministry of The Christian and Missionary Alliance Foundation, Inc.

Brighten the Day


• 12 –2:30



Light up theNight and


Shine a new light on your personal style with charming looks that are just right for Spring. Featuring fashions from all your favorite Bell Tower Shops, this runway show will sparkle as you admire the perfect outfits for Daytime Fun or Nighttime Drama!



The menu will include Chicken Waldorf Salad, Gourmet Fromages and Garden Fruits, a sampling of Breads & Crackers, followed by a Delectable Dessert.

Put a little spark in your style while you peruse and purchase items in our Fashion Boutique.



Each guest will receive a special gift bag and the opportunity to win exciting door prizes.

Shell Point residents will receive a formal invitation in the mail, including an RSVP card. Members of the general public can call Mary Franklin at 454-2152 for reservations and information. Tickets $35 each. Shell Point Life | March 2012


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The next time you pass by the Butterfly Garden, located behind King’s Crown on The Island, take a moment to admire the recent makeover planned and implemented by the resident-led Shell Point Butterfly Garden Beautification Committee. Hermine Hartley (Sundial) created and dedicated the Shell Point Butterfly Garden in 1997, in memory of her mother. But over the years, the garden had become overgrown. Hermine initiated the search for a gardener who could help her rejuvenate the garden to be as close to the original design as possible. She shared her idea with Goz Gosselin (Turban) after the 2011 flower and garden show at King’s Crown. Goz recalled, “I was new to Shell Point and wanted to get involved in a gardening project, as it is one of my favorite pastimes. Hermine’s desire to revive the old garden appealed to me, although I knew nothing about butterflies. So, of course, I went looking for a partner.” Goz soon struck up a friendship with Alice DeBaun (Eagles Preserve). “I happened 4

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to be sitting in the Orchid House when Goz came looking for a coordinator,” said Alice. “It took me some time to warm up to the idea, but I’m so glad I jumped in because it’s been a good learning experience.” Goz agreed, “Our part- Viceroy nership worked out perfectly because while I love to work with my hands and do initial preparations like pruning and cleaning, Alice was the thoughtful planner behind the whole thing.” Alice and Goz formed a committee of fellow gardeners, and they began the effort of cleaning up the existing garden. “We dedicated countless hours to the planning process by using the plans from the original Butterfly Garden and identifying any existing plants that were

still viable. We worked to make sense of the overgrown bushes and also researched new plants, native to Florida, that would attract a greater variety of butterflies,” shared Alice. After the research and planning stage wrapped up, we contacted the Shell Point landscaping team. Alice said, “Steve Morton brought his team out and helped us clear away the old plants we didn’t

Residents and employees worked together to clear out the garden overgrowth.

want. I held my breath as we removed a fair number of plants, but it worked out very well. The plants are really thriving now. The guys did a great job!” Nature Done Naturally

The committee’s approach to maintaining the garden is organic in nature – literally! Alice continues, “We like to leave the butterflies to carry out their own lifecycle without interference, as nature intended. Because of this approach, people often ask me why the butterfly garden looks so Buckeye sparse. It has to do with the Monarch plants required to support the lifecycle of the butterflies. ically prefer, butterflies Each species has a preferred don’t make an appearhost plant – like the milkweed ance until the clouds – where they lay eggs. When clear and the sun comes the eggs hatch into larva, out. “Butterflies like clear, which are what we normally sunny weather. So during recognize as caterpillars, they the winter, we only see devour everything in sight. eight butterfly species or The leaves are stripped bare as so. As we enter spring, the caterpillars grow and build The Butterfly Committee would love to the numbers will pick chrysalises, but the plants are back up. This year, we are welcome new members who are curious hardy and they always seem to considering conducting about butterflies and gardening. “I didn’t grow back.” regular tours for residents know a thing about butterflies when I When a butterfly emerges Mangrove Skipper to visit the garden and started. and now I have learned so much from its chrysalis, it frequents nectar plants, and often also a marvel at the wonders of nature,” said Alice. from working with knowledgeable gardeners To prepare for spring visitors, the com- like Goz Gosselin, who was instrumental in “perching” plant where it can take cover from inclement mittee explored the idea of installing edu- the planning stages and still gives us guidweather. “Planning for each cational signage. Phil Nedeau of the Shell ance,” said Alice. “The commitment of my species and providing the right Point Wood Shop, helped create small signs fellow gardeners, like Brad Patten (Lucina) types of plants was quite a chal- that identify the plants. Now the garden and Jean Worden (Nautilus), who handle lenge,” said Alice. “But all of the may be looked upon as a learning place for watering and weeding, continues to inspire hard work has paid off. At last anyone interested in the butterflies, garden- me. It’s a rewarding experience and a wonderful project.” count, we have recorded more ing, or both.” than twenty-five species of butA monarch butterfly emerging terflies at the height of season, Group leader Alice DeBaun (Eagles Preserve), Brad Patten from its chrysalis which is incredibly active for (Lucina), Ginny Arthur (Eagles Preserve), Goz Gosselin (Turany butterfly garden.” ban), Hermine Hartley (Sundial), Jean Worden (Nautilus), and During the month of February, which has Bill Lupfer (Parkwood). much cooler weather than the butterflies typ-

Long-tailed Skipper

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Monarchs Residents Raise and Release


Above: A monarch butterfly rests on a plant in the Butterfly Garden. Below L-R: An egg on the underside of a leaf that will eventually hatch a caterpillar. A caterpillar munches on a leaf. A monarch nears the point of emergence from an opaque chrysalis. Butterfly food.


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Green and opaque chrysalises attached to the aquarium ceiling. Newly emerged monarchs hang, clinging to their empty chrysalises while their wings dry before they can fly.

Several years ago, Gerry and Suzzane Wilson (Cellana) learned how to care for monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars, and began enjoying the process of releasing the butterflies into the wild as well as sharing their knowledge with their children’s science students in Michigan.

Have you noticed all the monarch butterflies in the Butterfly Garden recently? Their colorful presence is most likely due to the nurturing care of Gerry and Suzzanne Wilson.

When the Wilsons noticed the work being done to restore the Butterfly Garden at Shell Point in recent months, they decided to revive their hobby. They purchased some milkweed plants at Driftwood Nursery that contained around 20 eggs. With that a dry aquarium was set up and their “monarch nursery” was in business! During January and February, curious neighbors and employees shared in the excitement and anticipation. Feeling as nervous as expectant parents, Gerry and Suzzanne monitored every stage in the monarchs’ development. As the tiny caterpillars grew and devoured large plants of milkweed, Gerry carefully moved them to the mesh roof of the aquarium, providing a secure place to begin the chrysalis stage. One by one each caterpillar attached itself to the aquarium roof or a tiny branch, formed a “J” shape, and split its skin to expose a jade green chrysalis encircled by a golden “necklace.” After about ten days, Continued next page

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Left: When the butterflies raised by Gerry and Suzanne Wilson (Cellana) were ready to take flight, they were released at the Shell Point Butterfly Garden. Below: Some butterflies found mates right away at the The Butterfly Garden

Lois Hendrix (Cellana)

MONARCHS Continued from page 7

Goz Gosselin (Turban)

excitement grew in the Wilson household as each green chrysalis became transparent, exposing the orange-and-black-winged insect inside. As each monarch emerged, excited friends watched as the abdomen pumped liquid to swell the wings. Another hour of hanging enabled the wings to completely dry. Not quite ready to fly, the new monarchs were willing to be lifted gently to shoulders and heads, providing delightful “bling� for admirers. When the monarchs took flight, some immediately found mates among the Melody Desilets, branches, beginning the resort services program coordinator cycle of life for even more of these beauties in the Butterfly Garden. Alice DeBaun (Eagles Preserve)


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National Nutrition Month®

Encourages You to “Get Your Plate in Shape” L




, RD/LD,



Hospitality Services is proud to join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) to celebrate National Nutrition Month® during March. This year’s National Nutrition Month theme is “Get Your Plate in Shape,” which reminds us to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and dairy on our plates every day. Crystal Room Specials

According to Linda Rakos, RD and assistant director of Hospitality Services, the Crystal Room will be helping diners to get their plate in shape by providing a series of educational “helpful tips” throughout the month. Stop in every Tuesday to see the latest tips of the week. Our culinary team will also be featuring a series of “Get Your Plate in Shape” Crystal Platters throughout the month. If you prefer stir fry, pasta or seafood buffet nights, there will be some tips available to keep that plate in shape.



Get Your Plate in Shape!

Here some tips from the food and nutrition experts at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help “Get Your Plate in Shape:” • Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables: Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green, red and orange varieties. Add fresh, dried, frozen or canned fruits to meals and snacks. • Make at least half of your grains whole: Choose 100% whole-grain breads, cereals, crackers, pasta, and brown rice. Check the ingredient list on food packages to find whole-grain foods. • Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk: Fatfree and low-fat milk have the same amount of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole milk, but less fat and calories. For those who are lactose intolerant, try lactosefree milk or calcium-fortified soy beverage. • Vary your protein choices: Eat a variety protein foods each week, such as seafood,

Easter Sunday Dining Crystal Room

Easter a la carte menu served 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Reservations not accepted. For call-ahead seating, please call 454-2059 on Easter Day.

• Cut back on sodium and empty calories from solid fats and added sugars. Compare sodium in foods and choose those with lower numbers, and season your foods with herbs and spices instead of salt. Switch from solid fats to healthy oils like olive and canola oil. Replace sugary drinks with water and choose fruit for dessert. • Enjoy your healthy foods but eat less junk. Avoid oversized portions by using a smaller plate, bowl, and glass. When eating out, choose lower calorie menu options. • Be physically active your way: Adults need at least two hours and 30 minutes of physical activity every week. Choose activities that you enjoy, and start by doing as much as you can.

On Sunday, April 8, make dining at Shell Point a part of your Easter celebration. With a variety of dining choices, you are sure to find one that suits your tastes

Easter Sunday brunch buffet served 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information call 454-2199. Cost is $22.95 per person. Palm Grill

nuts and beans, as well as lean meat, poultry, and eggs. Keep meat and poultry portions small and lean. And be sure to choose seafood as the protein at least twice a week.

Family Feast

A complete traditional ham or turkey dinner for six people is available for pick up at the Crystal Room. Call 454-2199 before March 30 to place your order. Cost is $54.95 for Family Feast. Island Café

Open 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Welcome Center Makeover

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We’ve all heard the old adage, “you never get a second chance to make a good first impression” and with this in mind, the management of Shell Point determined that it was time to give the Welcome Center, located at the entrance to The Island at Shell Point, a complete makeover. Ted Benjamin, director of sales, wholeheartedly agreed. “The first point of entry for most visitors to Shell Point is generally through the Welcome Center,” said Benjamin, “and we wanted to ensure that the impression they form of Shell Point truly reflects the quality of our community. This buildTed Benjamin ing was constructed in 1995 to Sales Director house offices for the sales department of the organization and by 2011, after 17 years of non-stop use, it was definitely due for a renovation.” Bob Southern, director of project development, took charge of the renovation project. “In developing a plan for the renovation, we all agreed that the Welcome Center 10

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should convey an attractive, positive environment that reflected the lifestyle of our community,” he said. “However, we were also very mindful of the financial realities that we have faced for the past five years during this economic recession. We wanted to update the building appropriately but with a conservative eye on our budget. After an initial assessment, the good news was that the building was still in excellent shape structurally and the changes could be focused on updating the interior design and improving the workflow.” Karin Winter, an interior designer who has worked on numerous projects at Shell Point in the past, was contracted to create the new interior design. Winter brought a second piece of good news to the group when she determined that the office furnishings that had been purchased for the original interior design were still in great shape and could be incorporated into the new plan. “Each of the individual offices contained beautiful hardwood furnishings in a deep brown finish that I felt

could be easily incorporated into the new overall design.” Winter created a tropical, yet sophisticated, island theme to convey the relaxed comfort of coastal living. To carry this theme throughout the building, a color palette was chosen for the walls that mixed a cool sea glass blue with a warm golden tan – reminiscent of sea and sand. The reception area, where Maureen Thomson sits, was moved to the side and a new desk was built with a lower profile to create a more welcoming appearance. Now, when a visitor walks in, they enter a spacious open area that is filled with light.

Left: Along the back wall is a grouping of three backlit screens that show vibrant color aerials of Shell Point’s three neighborhoods: The Island, The Woodlands, and Eagles Preserve. A comfortable seating area is provided and guests are encouraged to help themselves to a cup of coffee or a snack at the built-in hospitality unit. A large recessedmounted flat-screen TV is positioned above the beverage station and runs an 8-minute video that conveys multiple images of each neighborhood as well. Below: A private conference room offers ample space for group presentations.

A major addition to the plan was the creation of a spacious sample showroom that features organized areas for prospective residents to select their fixtures, flooring and window coverings. “This area has already been well-received,” said Benjamin. “Our sales counselors work with each of their clients to assist them in making their selections and having the samples on display makes the process much easier. Plus, a large work table allows them room to spread out while they are working.” Above: Sales Counselor Debra Moniz meets with Ted Benjamin at the work table.

shine outside, so to change this, we opened up the interior of the lobby by introducing white bead board wainscoting and creating a raised ceiling in the center that is trimmed in wood and features a brass and glass hurricane chandelier as a focal point.” Other improvements to the building include an enlarged private conference room, updated bathrooms, enhanced storage areas, Above: Sales Counselor Jan Coay in the a modern kitchenette, newly expanded sample area. and an office workroom. All of the offices Winter selected finishes throughout were completely repainted and the entire the building that featured a number of building received new carpeting and tile. “The creation of these new spaces and surfaces and textures to convey the impression of an island environment. the enhanced atmosphere has dramatically Wicker, wood, leather, and textured fab- improved the customer experience,” said rics in warm tones were combined in the Benjamin. “We were fortunate that Bob selection of the furnishings. “It was impor- Southern and Julie Nipper of project develtant to us that we bring the light Florida opment were able to get this project comenvironment inside,” said Winter. pleted so quickly, while still allowing our “Previously the lobby tended to be a little department to function during the entire dark as you entered from the bright sun- process.” Shell Point Life | March 2012


It’s a

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efore Anna Marie Nyquist became a knowledgeable resource on the subject of shelling, this Maryland native enjoyed growing up in Baltimore County. Anna Marie met her husband George on a blind date. “I wasn’t impressed with him at first,” she recalled. “But after the third date, I knew it would work. Six months later, we were married. We enjoyed many hours together crabbing and fishing on Chesapeake Bay. Even though my husband of sixty-two years has passed away now, I have wonderful memories of our life together,” smiled Anna Marie. Her fascination with shelling first started when her daughter experienced a moment of curiosity during a trip to the beach. “Our daughter, Ann, became interested in a shell she had picked up. She was so curious about the shell that we bought her an identification book,” said Anna Marie. That identification book piqued Anna Marie’s interest. “Family vacations often took us to the seashore, and who can resist picking up a shell to have a closer look? This can be an occasional habit, or you can find yourself bending over again and again to pick up just one more shell,” laughed Anna Marie. “This is great fun and it doesn’t take long before you want to put a name to these shells. Your husband watches the accumulation of shell identification books until he finally asks, ‘What are you going to do with


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these shells?’ And you announce that you are going to give them names and make a ‘proper collection’. And so I did!” An International Sheller

The Nyquists spent summer vacations traveling with their two children. “We took countless family camping trips across the United States,” said Anna Marie. After the children grew up and left home, the Nyquists

Among the many shells on display in Anna Marie’s home is this Florida fighting conch. Many shellers love this shell because it is so easily found washed up on shorelines and has brilliant coloring.

continued their travels and Anna Marie expanded her shell collection on the side. “My husband was not a shell collector, but he appreciated my enthusiasm and always joined me on the search!” said Anna Marie. But they did not limit travel to the United States after their retirement. Anna Marie started filling her passport with stamps from the Bahamas, Europe, Mexico, the Galapagos Islands, Peru, Australia, Costa Rica, Fiji Islands, Hawaii, New Zealand, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Bali, Egypt, Greece, Russia, and the Scandinavian countries. “Sightseeing tours gave cultural facts and revealed amazing sights, but a week of shell collecting brought us into contact with interesting natives in their daily lives. Both sightseeing and shell collecting in foreign countries were experiences I will never forget.” Based on her travels, one beautiful area outside of the United States that Anna Marie recommends for shelling is the Bahamas Islands. “The Islands are easy to reach by plane from Florida’s East Coast cities,” shared Anna Marie. “The beauty of snorkeling in crystal clear water directly over these easily accessible coral reefs cannot be matched. Many varieties of gastropods and bivalves can be collected on shallow, sandy flats and in rocky, dead coral reefs.” But what is her personal pick as a shelling continued on page 14

Harbor Court resident Anna Marie Nyquist’s unexpected fascination for shelling blossomed into a lifelong passion for mollusks and shells. It all started on a family trip to the beach in the 1960s, and led thirty years later to an education position at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel Island.

Anna Marie shows off an impressive lightning whelk shell that she found at Big Carlos Pass near Lovers Key.

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Top left: Serious shell collectors use small rubber boats to keep essential supplies for the day such as a snorkel, sunscreen, and different size bags to put shells in. Here, she and friends are at Cherokee Sound in Abaco Bahamas — a sandy bottom and shallow water allows one to wander for miles. Above: In November 2005 Dr. Jose Leal, director of the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, dedicated the Education Room to Anna Marie - named in her honor - for her 13 years of service. Left: Anna Maire with one of many fourth-grade classes that came for a two-hour tour of the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. She hosted 80-90 tour groups each school year.


live in for protection and support. “Instead of just collecting a pretty shell, I wanted to know more about the mollusks themselves,” Anna Marie shared, “Including how they destination? “Every shell collecting area grew, what they ate, and how they moved. has its own special character and It superceded the collecting.” beauty,” said Anna Marie, “But my Anna Marie started hunting for molfavorite will always be right here in lusks early on many mornings. “George Southwest Florida.” took me to the estuary many mornings on Shell Collector’s Heaven a strong low tide, to observe and photograph the mollusks digging, searching for Anna Marie’s search for new food, and mating on exposed flats. This was shelling areas in the U.S. eventually led exciting stuff, and it never occurred to me to Southwest Florida. “What a mecca that these photos would one day end up in for a serious shell collector!” Anna an educational presentation in a shell Marie exclaimed. “So many varieties of museum,” laughed Anna Marie. beautiful shells can be found in Her growth as a collector continued as Southwest Florida – not only on the her knowledge of mollusks grew. “There beach, but also on sandy mud flats in the are several phases one passes through on passes and in the estuary. We have a the way to becoming a serious collector,” plentiful food supply, warm water year said Anna Marie. “When you willingly round, and a variety of habitats. What take a 30-minute ride in an open boat at more could a mollusk ask for?” 6:00 a.m. on a cold winter morning to The Nyquists moved permanently Detailed photos of a portion of her Collection. Each drawer search for mollusks, you are hopelessly to Florida in 1993. “We bought a home of a chest contains shells in graduated sizes. Genius and addicted!” on San Carlos Bay, just ten minutes species are grouped together with their data labels. Southwest Florida shell shows had from the Gulf of Mexico where we could fish, and ten minutes back to the Estuary had been Anna Marie’s main focus. A new Anna Marie completely entranced. She for shelling,” said Anna Marie. interest emerged in the study of mollusks, the attended many shows to take notes and Before this move, the collecting of seashells soft-bodied snails that build their own shells to observe these professional collections, that Continued from page 13


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A china cabinet was converted in to a special display case for shells. These eye-catching beauties are among the most spectacular shells she and her late husband collected – all are stored with their data labels. She admires them with pride and recalls each place they were found.

Anna Marie developed successful group education programs for 80-90 classes of Lee County school students each year, plus adult groups. Barry University established the first Elderhostel program in Southwest Florida in 1999 and included The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum as part of it’s continuing education tour. All of Anna Marie’s 13 years and 12,000 hours of volunteer work did not go unnoticed. Museum director Dr. Leal dedicated two rooms to group education, and named them after Anna Marie. She was presented with a plaque that commemorated her hard work, and it is displayed in the museum rooms to this day. “Those were hours happily spent,” she recalled. “What a fun and enriching time of my life! Being involved in the growth of the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum was a rewarding and exciting experience and a wonderful way to spend my retirement.” From Shell Museum to Shell Point

“Every shell collecting area has its own special character and beauty, but my favorite shelling destination will always be right here in Southwest Florida.”

– Anna Marie

specified where mollusks live, color variations, what they eat, how they protect themselves, etc. “These shell shows helped me realize what an important role seashells, or mollusks, play in nature,” commented Anna Marie. Sharing the Passion

When the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum opened in June 1995, Anna Marie enthusiastically volunteered her time. “Founding director Dr. R. Tucker Abbott designed the opening exhibits, and encouraged me to take part in the growth of the infant museum. I only needed one invitation!” said Anna Marie. “Dr. Abbott passed away just before the formal opening, and Dr. Joseph Leal became the Museum Director in February 1996 and remains at the helm today.” As she volunteered, she found a particular

area in which she could assist Dr. Leal in developing the museum. “Programs were needed to educate all age groups about our unique environment and the role that seashells play in nature. As Anna Marie brainstormed ideas to interest groups to visit the museum, she developed several shell programs from her personal slides, reading, and years of experience on the subject. With Anna Marie at the forefront as Group Education Coordinator, the Shell Museum eventually found Lee County school elementary teachers who were interested in our nature educational programs. “Word spread among the teachers and soon we ran out of dates! It was necessary that we find and enlist qualified docents and also buses to transport the students,” recalled Anna Marie.

Although Anna Marie no longer volunteers at the museum on a regular basis, her “shell” experiences have not ended. “I moved to Shell Point two years ago,” said Anna Marie. “It is a beautiful community and well maintained. The residents are very friendly and I especially like my apartment.” Anna Marie keeps busy at Shell Point by volunteering. She works as a docent at the Gulf Coast Model Railroad exhibit and also volunteers at the Shell Point Library. She even volunteers at a local thrift store. “I like the volunteer programs available here. There are a number of great opportunities to take advantage of.” Even though Anna Marie is not actively collecting at present, she is still passionate about shells. “When you do come into actual contact with shells and mollusks, you remember the incredible things that take place during their growth and development. It is impossible not to stand in awe of the natural cycles that occur. And, a shell is just one vital part of the natural world,” Anna Marie said. “Nature has so much to offer us here in Southwest Florida and I encourage people to take more time to appreciate our unique tropical environment and its inhabitants. Go shelling!” Shell Point Life | March 2012


Shelling BY JENNIFER HELF Images courtesy of Myra Roberts

Finding Nature’s Treasures in Southwest Florida

Shelling is all about location, location, location, and Shell Point is definitely in the right location since Southwest Florida is one of the top shelling regions in the U.S. With more than 400 species of multicolored shells, no wonder it is an ideal destination for shell seekers! Serious shell collectors travel across the world just to comb the beaches of Southwest Florida. Thanks to the close proximity to the Gulf, plus the wildlife and beach preservation efforts of several nonprofit groups, our local islands are some of the best hot spots for shelling. Shell Point’s next door neighbor, Sanibel Island, is renowned for its worldclass beaches and unique geography. The island itself is formed from shells deposited by currents that circulate shells from southern Caribbean waters through the Gulf of Mexico. And Sanibel’s east-west geographic orientation acts like a shovel and yields unique and diverse shells. Experts know that the key to uncovering great shells is all about knowing where to look. The best discoveries are made near the shell line - the area on the beach where the sand meets the breaking surf and the waves recede back into the ocean. Some collectors even wade into the water and sift through the sand before it is carried up on shore. Life As A House

What people commonly refer to as a seashell is actually the discarded outer husk of a sea creature. Often, these animals change shells during their lifecycle, and the leftover “house” washes up on the beach to be collected. But remember, local laws protect and preserve shells that still have living creatures inside of them; it is illegal to remove these live shells from the beach. 16

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What’s in a Name?

Half the fun of collecting a bucket of shells is cleaning and classifying them. Many seashells boast unusual and intriguing names, but others are more simple. For example, the coquina gets its name from the Spanish word meaning shellfish. Conch, in Greek, actually means shell. Some shells are named based on their appearance. The lion’s paw gets its name from the shape and color, either striking orange hue or a chocolate brown, which resembles a lion’s paw. The moon shell also gets its name from its shape. Some moon shells are bluish in color, like a blue moon, and are considered a great find. Other common shells found locally include scallops, murexes, lightning whelks, and augurs. On Sanibel, dedicated beach hunters have also uncovered one of the ocean’s most coveted and rare shells, the junonia. Shell Time

When is the best time to get some of these beautiful and unique shells? The time of day makes a big difference when combing the beaches. Most serious collectors head to the beach before sunrise to beat the tourist traffic and snag the seashells that washed ashore overnight. For this reason, less populated beaches are always better while on the hunt for shells. Also, low tide is best because the retreating water removes sand and exposes the hidden treasures underneath. The ideal window for beach combing is typically between one hour before and after the tide hits its peak. It is easy to check when the tide will be at its lowest by visiting the website of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at The best time of year to go shelling is up for debate. Most agree that the months of May through September produce the most exquisite shells, but the winter season can also yield surprises. Fortunately, temperate weather makes shelling year round possible for Shell Point residents. It’s a Shellabration!

Southwest Florida is not only home to pristine beaches and balmy breezes, but also to a bevy of talented authors, crafts-

Come walk with me along the sea, Where dusk sits on the land And search with me, for shells are free And treasures hide in sand. -Anonymous

men, and shell collectors. This March, discover and experience shells in a new way during Shellabration 2012. Shellabration 2012 is a shell-centric celebration honoring the seventy-fifth anniversary of Sanibel Island’s annual shell fair and show. The 75th Annual Sanibel Shell Fair & Show is the longest-running shell art exhibition in the country, and is organized by The Sanibel Shellcrafters and the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club. This year’s event will feature the handiwork of some of the world’s leading shell artists combined with book signings, shelling trips, and fine dining. The annual Sanibel Shell Fair & Show originated with a unique island story. In 1895, Hallie “Granny” Matthews (of the

Shellabration 2012 75th Annual Sanibel Shell Fair & Show Thursday, March 1, to Sunday, March 3

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum) moved to Sanibel and opened a hotel that is now known as The Island Inn. Granny routinely boarded shell enthusiasts and displayed their collections outside their hotel rooms. This became an annual tradition that grew into today’s extensive exhibition. The 75th Annual Sanibel Shell Fair & Show will shine a spotlight on craftsmen who create exquisite shell designs and authors who write seashell-inspired literature. Lectures will be held at the BaileyMatthews Shell Museum and activities will also be available for children at Sanibel’s Public Library. Since Shellabration 2012 will commemorate a major anniversary of The Sanibel Shell Fair & Show, the islands of Sanibel and Captiva will support the event with a fun-filled lineup of events and activities, including a runway show and an ice cream social. Local establishments will also plan shell-themed promotions, and visitors will be able to shop for shell merchandise at special prices. Some local restaurants will even offer some unique, shellfish-inspired dishes. The 75th Annual Sanibel Shell Fair & Show will be held from Thursday, March 1, to Sunday, March 3, at The Community House of the Sanibel Community Association. For a complete listing of Shellabration events and promotions, call 472-2155 or visit the Shellabration website at Join the Fun

Are you feeling inspired to grab your beach bucket and find some shells of your own? Resort Services organizes a monthly trip that affords residents the opportunity to relax, soak up the sun, and stroll down the beach with a friend. Check the Happenings calendar for the next Beach Day outing. You never know what you’ll find!

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Shell-ography of The Island In 1962, Shell Point’s forefathers were searching for a location to build a retirement community for retired C&MA missionaries. They decided upon southwest Florida, which happens to be famous for spectacular varieties of shells.

Perhaps that’s why the peninsula on which they finally built The Island has always been called “Shellpoint” by locals and nautical maps. In keeping with the tradition, they decided to call the new retirement village “Shell Point,” and name all of its residential

buildings after shells. Now that The Island at Shell Point is fully built, and all of its residence buildings (except Harbor Court and The Pavilion) are indeed named for shell species, we present here a profile of the characteristics of those shells.






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In the same family as macoma, but smaller, and with “teeth” on the hinge.

Resembling a spiral staircase, the recognizable conical sundial can be found in shallow waters in the south Atlantic.

This member of the conch family has small projections which form its “crown.” Found in Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.

Also called the bull mouth helmet, most come out of Africa or the Pacific. It is the shell used in Italy to make cameo jewelry.

Also referred to as a “limpet,” the cellana has a remarkably strong foot, and is found on the shores of all temperate seas.

Another popular source of jewelry, there are many species of Florida sand dollar, each with a different pattern of holes.

Round, with long anterior muscle scars and a thin, strong shell. It’s found in tropical climes.




Large round shell with white interior and a rib that goes from the hinge to the hind end. Most are found in Florida and the Caribbean.

The most highly developed mollusks - in the same class as octopi and squid. Found everywhere, but mostly in the south Pacific.

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R O YA L BONNET Around 2 1/2 inches long, the royal bonnet is most commonly found in southeast Florida.





Olive brown, with a dark brown interior, periwinkles can be found in the north Atlantic, up to Nova Scotia.

Small, asymmetrical ovals. Many colorful coquina shells stay in connected pairs and look like butterfly wings. Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

The chestnut turban (pictured here) is brown or grey outside, with whitish knobs and a pearly white inside. In the south Atlantic and Gulf.

A distinctive cream shell with spiral rows of squarish brown spots. Found in the south Atlantic and on the Gulf coast, especially south Florida.


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The best local beaches for shelling, fishing, swimming, sunning, and sightseeing. Here in Lee County we’re lucky to be close to some of the best beaches in all of Florida. With Sanibel, Captiva, and Fort Myers Beach right on our doorstep, Shell Point beachgoers have plenty of quality destinations. Here is a guide to some of the best beaches to visit. Sanibel Causeway Beach

There is a wheelchair-accessible nature trail and lots of accessible paid parking spaces. Restrooms are close to the lighthouse. Tarpon Bay Road Beach

Thanks to its east-west orientation, the Gulf currents carry vast quantities of shells to this soft, white beach. Restrooms are right there, and they’re quite clean. There’s plenty of parking, including handicapped, but expect to pay $2 per hour for the privilege. Bowman’s Beach

Sanibel Causeway Beach

This long, thin stretch of beach follows the shore of the elevated causeway. This spot, looking into San Carlos Bay, is a wonderful place to watch dolphins frolicking, windsurfers catching the breeze, and boats zooming by. And you can’t beat the fishing under the causeway bridge spans. There’s not much soft sand, so bring a beach chair to take in all the action. Restrooms are nearby, and free parking is wherever you can find it.

Lighthouse Park Beach

As the name implies, this beach provides wonderful views of the Sanibel lighthouse, as well as the causeway and the Gulf. Not an extremely wide beach, but plenty of good shelling. A spacious pier allows for numerous fishing opportunities.

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Bowman’s Beach is probably the most popular public beach on the island of Sanibel. Lots of great shelling adds to the experience. Parking is $2 per hour. It’s a hike from your car to the beach, but the walkways are shaded, and the isolation of the beach is one of its best features. Once there, you can expect to find picnic tables, bike racks, bathrooms, and a pay phone. Turner Beach

Turner Beach and Blind Pass are great for shelling and fishing. There are beautiful views and good sand quality. Swimming is

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not advised close to the Captiva bridge, since the water is deep and undertow can be strong. Parking is $2 per hour; there are about 20 spots. Bowditch Point Beach

This park showcases the peaceful side of Fort Myers Beach. With 17 acres of unspoiled, uncrowded beachfront overlooking both the bay and the Gulf, you’re sure to find the perfect spot. Among the amenities available are bathrooms, showers, changing rooms, picnic and grill areas, hiking paths, and a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk leading to the wide, sandy beach. You can ride the trolley from just north of the bridge or park at various areas around the beach. Lynn Hall Memorial Park Fort Myers Beach

This well-kept beach is a family affair, attracting young people and families. Amenities abound, such as picnic huts, a fishing pier, bathrooms, change and soda machines, and paid lockers. Nearby Times Square, a pedestrian mall, has many shops and restaurants. There is plenty of paid parking, but come early.

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Get Moving!

March into Spring with Walking and Wellness-focused Educational Classes A variety of opportunities await you in March to get out and get moving. Educate yourself on everything from the facts of nutrition to the advantages of home care. Join a class today!

Wellness Specialty Classes Shell Point Walking Outing at the Miromar Outlet Mall will take place on March 2 with court pickups beginning at 9:00 a.m. The transportation fee is $5 per person. The walk will be led by residents Jim Plummer (Parkwood) and Bob Chamberlin (Royal Bonnet). These two will use their past experience to lead three group walks, of 20, 40, and 60 minute lengths - residents will choose which length to enjoy. T’ai Chi Chih Practice Sessions with certified instructor Bev Chandley are

designed for residents who have already completed an eight week beginner T’ai Chi Chih class and are familiar with each of the 19 movements and one pose. These practice sessions will focus on repetition and refinement of individuals’ TCC practice form and for group practice. The course will meet on Tuesdays, starting March 13 and running through April 3. Do you want to relieve stress and feel great all over? Join the Pilates Stretch Class that will meet at 3:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Island Health Club. Each session will be taught by NESTA certified instructor Michelle Smith and cost $5 per session. Pilates is a form of exercise which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness, and strives to support efficient, graceful movement.

Shell Point as Your Resource

Bob Chamberlin (Royal Bonnet) and Jim Plummer (Parkwood) will lead a walking group on March 2.

Food and nutrition misinformation can be harmful to your health, well-being, and even your checkbook. Pavilion consultant dietician Mary McCormack, RD, and assistant director of Hospitality Services Linda Rakos, RD, will teach you about the red flags for misinformation. The class, Nutrition Facts and Fallacies, will take place on March 14 at 10:15 a.m. in the Social Center on The Island. The cost of

Nutrition Facts and Fallacies, led by Mary McCormack, RD, and Linda Rakos, RD, will take place on March 14.

the class is $5 per person. Do you have all the facts about Home Care? Test Your Home Care IQ in a session that will be facilitated by Shell Point Home Care manager Joanne Meyers, Test Your Home Care IQ with RNBSN. On March 15, Joanne Meyers, at 10:15 a.m. in the RNBSN, on Social Center, you will March 15 receive answers to your questions and will learn how to make informed decisions about care at home. Watch your mailboxes in the middle of March for the next The Health Connection booklet that will cover April through September. As always, the program lineup will offer many opportunities to make healthy lifestyle choices. Finally, remember that sign-up for all of the programs can be done at either service desk.

Lights, Camera, Action! Variety Show


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The 2012 Shell Point “An Evening of Stars” Resident and Employee Variety Show will open to audiences everywhere on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:15 p.m. in the Church Auditorium. The stage will be set, the red carpet will be unrolled, and the “stars” will be out in style for a fun night of entertainment. Acts are to be inspired by Oscar, Grammy, or Tony Award winners or nominations throughout the years. Grab your friends and start preparing, because the deadline to sign up is March 30! Contact your casting director, Mary Franklin, at 454-2152 with questions or to sign up your act.

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks. - John Muir

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Walking is not only a fantastic form of exercise, but it is also a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy the beautiful landscaping and scenery here at Shell Point. For most people, it is the easiest form of exercise. And it doesn’t require a gym membership or expensive equipment. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes and you are ready to go! Walking as exercise can be done in practically any weather, at any fitness level, and at any age. There are many benefits to a nice, brisk walk. It will improve your overall pulmonary and cardiovascular fitness, as well as your bone density. Walking burns fat and helps with weight control. It can even have









an effect on your mental health by keeping your brain young and helping to fight depression. Benefits of A Brisk Walk

It is recommended to walk as briskly as you can in order to achieve the most benefit from walking. A brisk walk will increase your heart rate more so than if you take a leisurely stroll or remain in a resting position. Remember, brisk means walking at the speed you would choose if you were late for a meeting. In order to know if you are at the right pace, you should be able to hold a conversation; however, talking should be challenging. If you have not exercised for a while,

begin slowly and build up your ability to walk briskly gradually. Remember, take into consideration your individual fitness level, listen to your body, and take walks at your own pace. Over time you will see and feel an improvement in your cardiovascular health. Not sure where to start with a walking routine? The Shell Point Walking Trails brochure is an excellent tool that will guide you through the various trails in our neighborhoods. It has a variety of paths and distances mapped out for you. Brochures are provided at the kiosks at the service desks. Pick up yours today to get some exercise and enjoy the Shell Point scenery at the same time.

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Would you like to: Celebrate your love in a tangible way? Enhance your enjoyment of Shell Point’s natural beauty? Enhance the pleasure of walking by providing a welcome resting place? Consider donating a bench along Shell Point’s walking trails. Shell Point is in need of six additional benches along the walking paths. This is a wonderful opportunity to further enhance Shell Point’s grounds and it provides the opportunity to give a gift that is very affordable and deeply appreciated. Please contact the Legacy Foundation at 466-8484 for details about this and other philanthropic opportunities at Shell Point.

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Did you know that the Library of Congress is the largest library in the world? It takes three buildings to house the collection of books, recordings, photographs, maps, presidential papers, films, drawings, posters, and manuscripts. Its mission is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties. While it started small in 1814, the present library has expanded to include the “preservation and dissemination of the knowledge and culture of our country” and is open to all citizens, as well as the international community. The Shell Point Library has a very different mission, of course; one that provides Shell Point residents and employees with easy access to a select collection of books, audios, CDs, DVDs, genealogy materials, and




newspapers. Library volunteers have been engaged in applying barcodes, as well as scanning and setting up a circulation system that enables us to serve you more easily and efficiently. This The Shell Point Library has a wide variety of media including particular undertaking audio books, large print books, DVDs, newspapers, and even a was unwritten by a donachildren’s book section. tion which was set aside a With the backing and endorsement of the few years ago. Our library is self-sustaining and depends Resident Council, the 2012 Library Fund on once-a-year contributions from our resi- Drive will run from March 7 to March 21. dents. The Annual Library Fund Drive will Please take a moment to write your check ensure that our collection does not go out of now and send it to the library through interdate, but rather is full of resources that match nal mail, or drop it off at either service desk. the needs of the Shell Point community. All contributions are tax deductible.

Library Celebrates New Circulation System On Wednesday, February 1, Shell Point residents celebrated the successful launch of the new library circulation system with an open house held in the Library lounge. Library volunteers chatted with their friends and neighbors over punch and cookies. Shell Point appreciates the resident volunteers and their continuing commitment to keep the collection and the entire library up to date and current.

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Merci Mille Fois (Thank you a Million Times Over!)

In early March all Shell Point volunteers will receive a letter of personal invitation from president Peter Dys requesting their presence for an evening gathering to celebrate dedicated service and the positive impact it has on the community. We will enjoy tasty French treats in a Parisian-inspired outdoor setting while listening to the classical sounds of Reiko and Friends.

March 29 • 7 – 8:30 p.m. Admin Courtyard/IS 22

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Celebration of the Arts Southwest Florida Symphony Series Music Director Michael Hall

The Shell Point Speaker Series The Miracle on the Hudson

Dave Sanderson Tuesday, March 6 7:00 p.m. Church Auditorium In January 2009, businessman Dave Sanderson survived a plane crash while flying home from a routine business trip. After a bird struck Flight 1549, there was no choice for the crew but to ditch the plane in the Hudson River. Sitting on the plane, in what many would consider to be the wrong place at the wrong time, Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. Thinking only of helping others in the crisis, Dave Sanderson became the last person off the plane that day, and was responsible for ensuring many others got off safely. Though facing fear and exposed to frigid water and freezing temperatures, he remembered the words of his mother, “If you can’t, you must,” and summoned the inner strength to persevere. Make an evening of it by enjoying dinner at the Crystal Room or the Palm Grill before the event.

Tickets: $25

Fine and Performing Arts Concert Series The MozART GROUP Bruch and Saturday, March 10 7:30 p.m. Church Auditorium Beethoven The final Fine and Performing Arts concert on Saturday, March 10, will feature The MozART GROUP. This string quartet consists of well educated instrumentalists who graduated from prestigious Academies of Music in Warsaw and Łódz, but they decided to play classical music in a humorous way, a la Victor Borge. They created a worldwide unique musical cabaret, where the music – not the words – is the source of joy and laugher. The musicians of The MozART GROUP have been playing together since 1995. They made their debut in 1997 at the PAKA competition of young Polish cabarets in Krakow. In the same year, they presented their first cabaret program entitled Mozarts’ Still Alive. Since then, they have given concerts in all of Europe, Canada, the United States, and Asia. This musical concert experience provides the listener with sophisticated, perfectly arranged, sublime fun!

Friday, March 23 7:30 p.m. Church Auditorium Michael Hall, Conductor Corigliano – Voyage Bruch – Violin Concerto in G minor, soloist Mark Kaplan Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 The lush string sonorities and shifting harmonies reflect the dreaminess of a lonely lover in Voyage by the celebrated Academy Award-winning composer John Corigliano. Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G minor is one of the most popular violin concertos in the repertoire. Beethoven himself reportedly considered his Seventh Symphony as one of his finest works. The piece is known for its powerful rhythmic energy, vitality, and sense of celebration, as well as for the great beauty of the famous second movement. Violinist Mark Kaplan has performed in all the principal cities of Europe, as well as the Far East and Australia. In the United States, he has played with nearly every major orchestra.

Tickets: $20

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Insightful Discussion About Trustee Responsibilities You followed your attorney’s advice and got a trust. Now you are a trustee – what’s next? What is different? What happens when you become successor trustee following the incapacity or death of your spouse? What is your responsibility as trustee if this is a second marriage and there are children involved? What are the special challenges of putting a non-trustee as a signer on your checking account? In this Dennis Landfried and Tiffany Williams insightful seminar, we will explore the management issues related to serving as trustee and will offer insights into when it may be advisable to seek professional assistance. This 45-minute presentation will be followed by Q&A. Light refreshments will be served. The seminar is free; however, space is limited and reservations are required. To reserve your seat, please contact either service desk.


Now I’m a Trustee, What’s Next? Wednesday, March 21 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Presenters: Dennis Landfried, vice president developmental, and Tiffany Williams, managing executive at FineMark Bank, and Timothy A. Stephenson, ChFC, Executive Director of the Legacy Foundation LS04

Stocks, Bonds, and CDs —

Sound Advice About Investing Please join Paul Weinstein and Nadine Wilkes as they discuss topics such as income producing stocks, corporate bonds, municipal bonds, certificates of deposits and other fixed-rate investments. This 45-minute presentation will include time at the end of the session for questions and answers. Light refreshments will be served. The seminar is free; however, space is limited and reservations are required. To reserve your seat, please contact either service desk.

Wednesday, March 28 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Paul Weinstein and Nadine Wilkes

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Alternatives for Building a Well Balanced Conservative Investment Strategy

Presenters: Paul Weinstein, CFP, and Nadine Wilkes, CFP, managing partners of Weinstein Wilkes Financial Group, Raymond James and Timothy A. Stephenson, ChFC, Executive Director of the Legacy Foundation LS05


FineMark National Bank & Trust Answers Your Questions









Question: Do you have suggestions on how to make strong online passwords? Answer: Yes — having strong passwords is definitely the key to online account security. Given the damage that can result from unauthorized access to your account information, it makes sense to pay attention to a few simple rules that apply to online passwords:

Don't share your username or password with anyone, for any reason. Also don’t make it easy for others to see you entering your password or PIN. Use strong passwords. Your password should be a combination of numbers, upper- and lower-case letters, and symbols and it shouldn’t contain information that’s easy to guess, i.e. pet names, children, birthdays or phone numbers. The tradeoff, of course, with such “strong” passwords is that they are not always easy to remember and you may find yourself breaking the next rule. Don’t write down your passwords. Imagine the consequences if your password list were to fall into the wrong hands. If it’s absolutely necessary to write down your passwords, keep them in a secure locked place away from your desk or computer or consider a password manager program. These programs encrypt your login and password information

and you only need to memorize one password: the one that lets you access the password manager. Use different passwords for different accounts. The danger in using the same username and password for everything is that if one of your accounts is compromised, all of your accounts are at risk. Also, change your password periodically or if you see any suspicious activity in your account. Don’t let your guard down. Good password practices and a little common sense can go a long way. The key is to avoid common mistakes, educate yourself on basic Internet security practices, and regularly check your accounts. The time and effort you’ll spend implementing effective passwords is nothing compared to the problems you’ll face if someone gains unauthorized access to your accounts.

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Kathy Fratrick, LCSW, will lead the Memory Therapy Group on March 6 and March 20 at 9:15 a.m. in the 2nd floor educational room at the Pavilion Rehabilitation Building on The Island.


New Support Group


The Department of Behavioral Health at Shell Point recently formed a Memory Therapy group in October of 2011 to support residents who have been diagnosed with a memory disorder. The main objectives of this group are to provide resources and information on memory loss and changes, identify strategies and external memory aids that would help one manage better, address long-range planning, and to create an atmosphere of

enrichment as well as an opportunity for support and socialization. The Memory Therapy group is held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month and meets in the second floor educational training room of the Pavilion Rehabilitation Building. This group runs simultaneously with the caregiver support group, and is facilitated by Kathy Fratrick, a licensed clinical social worker who works with the Department of Behavioral Health. For more information, call Kathy at 454-2073.

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The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point has an exciting lineup of new classes starting in March.

Renowned speaker Robert Macomber will begin the semester on March 1 with a presentation on Modern Piracy For the Love of Learning

Modern Piracy, Somali Pirates and the International Efforts Against Them will begin Thursday, March 1. We will welcome back award-winning maritime author and world lecturer Robert Macomber to give us the historical perspective that will bring us to the current situation. His personal experience with piracy, and his scholarship on maritime issues, will illuminate this serious issue that is so prominent right now. This evening program in the Church Auditorium will be open to the public, so feel free to invite your friends and family.* Just back from several months in Africa, Dr. Dan Fountain (Turban) will share his expertise and experience with a topic On March 8, Dr. Dan Fountain will share the role that cultural values play in shaping human progress


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that invites increasing research and writing, How Cultural Values Shape Human Progress, on Thursday, March 8. Dr. Fountain has been living these issues for many years in the Democratic Republic of Congo with his continued involvement in the rural health zone and 55 health centers that he founded and directed. Education director for the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, Kristie Anders, will present her spring semester program, Tides and Currents, on Monday, March 12, to share with us not only what Kristie Anders, education director for the affects them, but also how they affect us. Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, Bob Lucas, the manager of a local music will offer insight into tides and currents with a presentation on March 12 business, Mr. Music, will present The Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument cal lectures. These lectures will not only on Tuesday, March 13. There are many ben- greatly increase our understanding and enjoyment of the upcoming symefits – some of you will notice phony at Shell Point, but they immediately as you have the will also put the music into fasciopportunity to try an instrunating cultural and historical perment during this presentation. spective. In keeping with the Professor Roxanne Precopia changes made necessary to visits us once again from Atlanta, Professor Adrian Kerr’s series on Georgia. This time she will focus China because of his changed her marvelous abilities to comtravel plans, The Story of pare and contrast historical periChina to 1949, Session 4 will The manager of Mr. now take place on Tuesday, Music, Bob Lucas, will ods with corresponding artwork March 6. We are delighted share and demonstrate on two topics, The Crucifix in that, due to his recent travels the benefits of playing Art and Artistic Portrayals of a musical instrument Women in the Bible. This in China, Professor Kerr has on March 13 added a fifth class to this series. The Story of China to Today, Session 5 will take place in the Church Auditorium on Monday, March 19. This evening presentation will be open to the public, so feel free to invite your friends and family.* Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 – Apotheosis of the Dance will be the highlight on Monday, March 19, as Michael Hall, Music Director Southwest Florida Symphony, will return to the Church Professor Adrian Kerr presents The Story of Auditorium to present another of his musi- China to 1949 on Tuesday, March 6.

a class on two Thursdays, beginning on March 8. Tablets will be the focus of a Workshop: Brain Fitness on the iPad on two Fridays, beginning March 9, with Emily Kletzien (Sundial) and Tablet Shopping – Amazon, eBay, on Friday, March 23, with Penny Modrich (Nautilus). Computer College

Academy on the Go heads to the Lake Okeechobee Birding Festival and Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area on Wednesday, March 28

lunch and learn will offer two art history lectures with an opportunity to lunch with the lecturer in between on Wednesday, March 21. Whether you plan to attend the On The Go trip on March 8 or not, you will not want to miss the lecture by bird expert Dr. Iver Brook (Lucina) on Friday, March 23, as he shares the mystery of our winter guests and answers questions we are curious about in Our Visiting Winter Snowbirds, the Mystery of Their Migration. Our holistic look at topics of interest in each Academy semester will continue with our current semester’s topic, time. Join us for Chronos and Kairos on Tuesday, March 27. We are pleased to once again offer the experience and the scholarship of our three favorite doctors: Dr. Carol Clark, nurse practitioner, educator, and manager of the Shell Point Medical Center; Dr. Nancy Spencer, clinical psychologist with the Shell Point Behavioral Health department; and Dr. Sue Stranahan, director of the Department of Spiritual Services. Legacy Seminars

On Wednesday, March 21, Executive Director of the Legacy Foundation Timothy Stephenson will welcome FineMark Bank’s Vice President Dennis Landfried and Managing Executive Tiffany Williams for Now I’m a Trustee, What’s Next? For the second seminar on Wednesday, March 28, Alternatives for Building a Well-Balanced Conservative Investment Strategy, Timothy Stephenson will invite Paul Weinstein, and Nadine Wilkes, managing partners with Weinstein Wilkes Financial Group,

Raymond James to join him in presenting upto-the-minute investment information. Academy On The Go

Resident bird expert Dr. Iver Brook (Lucina) will take us on a fascinating educational field trip right down the road to introduce us to more information on our winter guests. Exploring Southwest Florida’s Shorebirds: Florida’s True Snowbirds will take us to Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, March 8. For more nature in the best month of our season, we will travel to The Big O (Lake Okeechobee) Birding Festival and Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area on Wednesday, March 28. As always, program coordinator Bev Chandley will be our guide when the Academy is On The Go! Technology Today and Tomorrow (T3)

T3 is introducing us to new technologies by linking them to the technology we are already accustomed to. Through their Roundtables we are able to see new technologies and give them a try before we buy. The workshops are for those who have the desire to learn to use new technology. To acquaint us with new technologies for reading, the T3 group will offer a Workshop: eReader using Nook Color on two Tuesdays, beginning March 13, with Bruce Findley (Sundial). An Introduction to Kindle Fire (Color Tablet) will be presented on Tuesday, March 13, by Dick and Susan Uhleman (Nautilus). To acquaint us with new Navigation Systems, Bruce Findley (Sundial) will offer

The Computer College will continue to acquaint students with computer technologies, at all levels. Internet Prep School will offer the absolute basics on two Fridays beginning on March 2. Lamoyne Ebner (Rosemont) and Richard Nelson (Lakewood) will be our guides to the wonderful world of the internet. There will be several classes offered at the next level in March. Macintosh Course iCal, Level 1 will be offered on two Mondays, beginning on March 5, by Lucille Peterson (Lakewood) and Susan Schmitt (Lakewood). Paul McKean (Eagles Preserve) will offer The Basics of Smart Shopping on the Internet, Level 1, on two Thursdays beginning March 8. Gmail, Level 1 will begin a two-class series on Thursday, March 15 with Megs Singer (Tellidora). Lucille Peterson (Lakewood) and Susan Schmitt (Lakewood) will teach a level one course, Macintosh Address Book, on two Mondays, beginning March 19. Printing Photos from Email is our first level 2 class in March. Penny Modrich (Nautilus) will teach this on two Thursdays, beginning on March 1. Google Maps and Google Earth will be taught by Larry Brock (Eagles Preserve) on two Wednesdays, beginning March 7. The Power of Right Clicking Windows 7 will be taught on two Tuesdays, beginning March 13, by Dean Traxler (Rosemont). Tips & Shortcuts for the Serious Computer User with Russ Kraay (Oakmont) will begin on Wednesdays, March 14. Coffee with a Neighbor - Rescheduled

Land of the Inca, originally planned for Tuesday, March 20, with Dr. Gerald Langberg (Sundial), will be re-scheduled in a future Academy semester. *Please see the Weekly Reminder or the current Academy brochure for information on fees associated with this program.

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To include a listing for an upcoming event or activity, please contact Mary Franklin, resort services manager, at 454-2152 or email:

Mac Users Club


Thursday, March 1 1:15 p.m. Social Center/IS The Apple iPad-2 has a wonderful app called iBooks that gives instant access to the electronic digital books of your choice for your reading enjoyment. Ann Hermann (Turban) and Penny Modrich (Nautilus) will provide an interesting afternoon for our Mac Club readers. They will also demonstrate the use of our local library and show how it interfaces with this popular tablet computer.

Shell Point Market Place


Friday, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 9,16,23,30 Admin Courtyard/IS Spring is in the air, and so are the fragrances of our weekly bustling Market Place. The strawberries are ripe, the muffins are warm from the oven, and the jewelry is bold and fun. Come see what the Market Place, created with you in mind, has to offer!

Batter Up!


Monday, March 5 2:15 p.m. Social Center/IS Join Kerrie Ferrell, daughter of Hall of Fame catcher Rick Ferrell, as she takes you on an entertaining, humorous, and historical journey through

decades of twentieth century pro baseball. This unique presentation will chronicle Rick Ferrell’s major league baseball career with the Boston Red Sox, as well as his teammates’ careers. You may even learn some of Rick’s personal secrets and hints for success and longevity!

Three Fisherman Seafood: Waterfront Lunch Outing


Tuesday, March 6 10:30 a.m. Island pickup 10:40 a.m. Woodlands pickup 10:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 1:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $7.00 (lunch on your own) Location: On the Caloosahatchee River, North Fort Myers Do you like fresh seafood? Three Fisherman has a dependable local reputation for not only great seafood prepared any way you want it, but also for generous portions, fantastic personal service, reasonable prices, and a relaxed family atmosphere. Lunch menu selections are priced from $7.50 to $20. Sign up for a wonderful waterfront lunch outing adventure!

Garden Society


Wednesday, March 7 11:00 a.m. Oak Room/WDL Anita Marshall, master gardener and educator at Sanibel Moorings Resort, will discuss the right plants for gardens in paradise.



Photo Club


Information Forum


Thursday, March 8 2:15 p.m. Manatee Room/IS John Fitzpatrick, a well-known Fort Myers photographer and lecturer, will share the fundamentals of shooting videos with a digital camera and sharing them with others and speak about the buttons and dials on a camera that allow photographers to take advantage of everything the camera offers to shoot the best images. Come to learn and bring questions!

Saturday, March 10 10:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL iPad Extravaganza! Bruce Findley (Sundial) plans to explain why the iPad has such a huge market appeal. There will be a demonstration of a wide range of applications (apps) available on the iPad tablet.


Monday, March 12 11:45 p.m. Island pickup 11:55 p.m. Woodlands pickup 12:05 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 5:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $35 (snacks on your own) The Red Sox’s tradition of spring training first started around 1901. It has not been a tradition at Shell Point quite that long, but residents travel to a spring training game at least once every spring, whenever possible. These seats sell fast, so if you want to see the Red Sox play at their new stadium, don’t wait to sign up! Stadium manoeuvring and stair climbing in will be encountered on this outing.

Shell Point Art Show and Sale

Friday, Saturday, Sunday March 9, 10, 11 10,11 Friday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Social Center and Resident Activity Center/IS You are invited to browse and purchase beautiful artwork created by talented Shell Point artists. Here is your chance to delve into a world of creativity and splendor with items including pottery, paintings, work sculptures, photography, jewelry, and more. A drawing for door prizes will be held on Sunday.

Canasta – New Group Forming! Friday, March 9 9:00 a.m. Game Room/WDL Do you enjoy the game of Canasta? Do you want to learn how to play? Please join new resident leader Dorothy Zablotsky (Oakmont) to play this fun card game that is similar to Rummy. This group will meet every Friday.


Veterans’ Club


Friday, March 9 10:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL A guest speaker from the Veterans’ Administration will be here to talk with veterans about their benefits. There will be time for questions and answers.

Sit for a “Song” for Ireland Spring Training: Boston Red Sox vs. Miami Marlins

United States Naval Academy’s Gospel Choir Concert



Tuesday, March 13 2:15 p.m. The Village Church/IS Inspirational and upbeat music will reverberate throughout the church as the United States Naval Academy (USNA) Gospel Choir takes the stage. Comprised of midshipmen from various hometowns, races, and creeds, the USNA Gospel Choir is truly reflective of the diverse interests and ethnicities within the Brigade of Midshipmen. Their common bond is musical talent and a passion to praise God through song, and they look forward to bringing their special talents to Shell Point. A ticket is required for this complimentary concert.


Wednesday, March 14 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Amphitheater/IS From high-energy jigs and reels to captivating airs and ballads, Emily Ann Thompson’s performance will be lively and passionate with Irish Gaelic flair. With fiddle, foot percussion, banjo, piano, and Irish dance, this concert is sure to entertain the audience – whether Irish or not!

Computer Club


Thursday, March 15 2:15 p.m. Manatee Room/IS Mike Peterson, of Computer Medics, will continue with Part 2 of the four-part series called Computer Basics. Explore features of the latest Microsoft programs, Word 2010, and Excel 2010. The meeting will cover Word features like toolbars, font, size, color, margins, clip art, pictures, columns, and more. Also, view Excel features like rows, columns, cells, formulas, formatting, and printing. Door prizes will be distributed.

Dinner at Pagelli’s Cucina: Italian at Its Finest


Thursday, March 15 4:30 p.m. Island pickup 4:40 p.m. Woodlands pickup 4:50 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 8:00 p.m. approximate return Location: Coconut Point, Estero Cost: $8 (dinner on your own) Weighted down by luggage filled with pots, pans, and recipes, the Pagelli family arrived in the U.S. in 1987. Today, Pagelli’s Cucina uses their passion for food to offer warm hospitality and celebrated Italian recipes to delight visitors. Gluten-free selections are available, and entrees are priced from $13.50 to $22.95.

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Saturday DVD: Soul Surfer (2011)


Saturday, March 17 (Date Change) 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Soul Surfer is the inspirational true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. Filled with an all-star cast, this film chronicles the life-changing event that nearly took Bethany’s life, and turned her loss into a gift for others.

Sunday Matinee: Places in the Heart (1984)


Sunday, March 18 2:30 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Sally Field plays a widowed mother of two who faces pressure from the bank to sell her home and property. With the help of a blind boarder, an African American field hand, and her own determination, she fights to save her family and property.

“Anchors Aweigh” Dance Party 2012


Thursday, March 22 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Cost: $15 (per person) Don your favorite navy blue and white attire as we celebrate an evening with fun and festivities, alongside duo Billy Dean and Dawn. With full speed ahead, you can dance, swing, two-step or simply enjoy the music. Light refreshments will be served.


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Game On! Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays


Monday, March 26 10:30 a.m. Island pickup 10:40 a.m. Woodlands pickup 10:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 5:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $43 (snacks on your own) Location: Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers A Sky Suite has been reserved just for you! Glassed-in Sky Suites are perfect for viewing baseball games, especially during inclement weather, or even for perfect spring day to provide a bird’s eye view. Shell Point residents will enjoy a few extra amenities during the game, including more comfortable seating and less crowded restrooms. There will even be tables on which to rest your food! Give the Sky Suite experience a try as you cheer for your favorite team. Elevators are available for Sky Suite access, but there is considerable walking for this event, as well as potential stair climbing and walking on uneven surfaces.

Movie Night: Friendly Persuasion (1956)


Monday, March 26 6:45 p.m. Social Center/IS The superior cast of this Civil War film brings this historical drama to life. Quaker Jess Birdwell (Gary Cooper) must decide whether to fight against advancing Confederate troops as they loot and burn through his hometown. Is there a better way to settle the war? This film touches at the heart of family, faith, and pacifism put to the test.

Library Book Talk


Tuesday, March 27 2:15 p.m. Social Center/IS Ruth Deuber of Periwinkle will discuss author Laura Job Rowland's novel entitled The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte. Is



this expertly planned tale of betrayal and intrigue based on fact or fiction? Refreshments will be served. All residents and friends are invited.

It’s Grand Night for Singing – About Love. Shell Point Singers and Bay Singers in Concert


Tuesday, March 27 7:15 p.m. The Village Church/IS The Shell Point Singers will join with the Bay Singers of Bonita Bay to total more than 135 voices for a spring concert extravaganza. With conductors Randy Woods and Bruce Galbraith, this program will feature the music of stage and screen. You will enjoy hearing such favorites as: When I Fall in Love, Some Enchanted Evening, Think of Me, Someone to Watch over Me, Over the Rainbow, and What a Wonderful World. Please join us in our welcome to our friends from Bonita Bay in this shared Spring Concert celebration.

Beach Day Friday, March 30 8:30 a.m. Island pickup 8:40 a.m. Woodlands pickup 8:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 3:00 p.m. approximate return Cost: $16 (ice cream on your own) A favorite outing for many residents, Beach Day takes residents out into the sun, shade and surf! The group will head to Delnor Wiggins Pass State Park for fun, food, and frolic. Bring your own beach supplies, and perhaps a lightweight chair. A picnic lunch will be served and a traditional stop for ice cream will be included on the trip back to Shell Point.


Sign-up required for this activity. Call Island (454-2282) or Woodlands (454-2054)

Special event bus will be running

Walking required

Walking up and down stairs

Photo Show Reminder! The 2012 Photo Show and Contest is nearly upon us! All entries and registration forms must be turned in to either service desk by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16. Photos must be printed on photo paper and in an 8” X 10” size only. Please also submit a high resolution version of the entry digitally by emailing: Oporto Street, Portugal – Photo by John Bailey 2011 Photo Show winner in the Travel category

SUPPORT GROUPS Cancer Support Program 1-on-1 mentoring The goal of this resident-led program is to establish group mentoring connections between newly diagnosed cancer patients and cancer survivors. Contact Barbara Maruchi (Lakewood) at 433–9488.

Cancer Support Group Wednesday, March 7, at 1:30 p.m. Osprey Room/IS Ladies and gentlemen alike are encouraged to attend this resident-led Cancer Support Group. The intent is for a meaningful and uplifting session. Contact Barbara Maruchi (Lakewood) at 433-9488, or Don Wilson (Turban) at 466-3953.

Caregiver Support Group Therapy Tuesdays, March 6, and 20 at 9:15 a.m. 2nd Floor Educational Room Pavilion Rehabilitation Building/IS This therapeutic group’s goal is helping residents deal with issues of being a caregiver for someone with a memory disorder. The resident with a memory disorder may be cared for in independent or assisted living, or skilled nursing. Contact Mardee Lader at 415-5435.

Diabetes Group Appointment Friday, March 2, at 1:00 p.m. Social Center/IS Both insulin and non-insulin diabetics are encouraged to attend this meeting. Each monthly meeting covers a different topic and includes open discussion.

Neuropathy Support Group

Healing Journey Grief Support Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21, and 28 , at 2:45 p.m. Village Church Hospitality Room/IS Healing Journey is a series of sessions which examine the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual effects of grief. The sessions are led by Dotty Morrison (Cellana) and Judy Mayer (Junonia). Please register by calling Dotty at 337-4015 or the church office at 454-2147.

Masked Marvels Sleep Apnea Support Group The purpose of this group is to bring awareness and support to those dealing with the challenges of sleep apnea. Contact Larry Chrouch (Eagles Preserve) at 481-7188.

Memory Therapy Group Tuesdays, March 6 and 20, at 9:15 a.m. 2nd Floor Educational Room Pavilion Rehabilitation Building/IS This group aims to provide information on memory loss and changes, to identify strategies and external memory aids that would help one manage better, to address longrange planning, and to offer an opportunity for support and socialization. Kathy Fratrick, LCSW, facilitates the group and can be reached at 454-2073.

Wednesday, March 21, at 11:00 a.m. Oak Room/WDL This support group provides support and education opportunities for those dealing with Neuropathy. Contact Lenny Wodarczyk (Parkwood) at 432-5225 and Melvin Bleiberg (Eagles Preserve) at 693-3016.

Parkinson’s Support Group Monday, March 5, at 10:15 a.m. Manatee Room/IS This group provides support to Parkinson’s patients, as well as their family and friends.

The Vision Enrichment Group Tuesday, March 13, at 10:15 a.m. Social Center/IS All are welcome to attend the October meeting to hear Deborah Henning, Legacy Foundation office manager, discuss the services that are available to residents through the Legacy Foundation. Florence Putnam (Eagles Preserve) is the chairperson. For more information, contact Angie Prichard at 4542134 or Sandee Weber at 225-2929.

Walk With Me Caregiver Group Thursday, March 29 Coffee & dessert 1:30 p.m. Meeting 1:45 p.m. Village Church Hospitality Room/IS Attend this group to share your caregiver experiences with friends. Each meeting offers the opportunity to embrace spiritual support and renew inner strength. Contact Joyce Seckinger (Lucina) at 466-1354.

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KING’S CROWN Thu .. 1 ......Celebrate 25 years King’s Crown Open House (COM) .................................. 2:00 p.m. Fri...... 2 ..Lunch trip to Ballyorney (L) ............................10:30 a.m. Sat .... 3 ......King’s Crown 25th Anniversary Celebration dinner (DR) ............................ 5:00 p.m. Tue .... 6 ......Wellness Series: Brenda Mango, Ways to Prevent Osteoporosis (COM) ..................................10:15 a.m. Tue .... 6 ......Celebrate March birthdays w/ Side By Side (COM).............................. 2:00 p.m. Wed .. 7 ......Importance of Good Nutrition (DR) ..............11:00 a.m. Wed .. 7 ......Lee County Jr. Drill Team (COM).................. 6:30 p.m. Fri ...... 9 ......Irish coffee w/ friends (GS) ..............................10:00 a.m. Mon ..12 ......Fun w/ pottery (pottery studio) ........................ 9:00 a.m. Mon ..12 ......Irish Eyes Are Smiling w/ Vicki Lei (COM) .. 2:00 p.m. Mon ..12 ......Bunko w/ Inga and friends (COM) ................ 6:30 p.m. Tue ....13 ......Speaker Series: Red Cross Stories of Disaster (COM) ........10:00 a.m. Tue ....13 ......US Naval Academy Gospel Choir (VC) ...... 2:15 p.m. Sat ....17 ......St. Patrick’s Day dinner celebration (DR) ....4-6:00 p.m. Tue ....20 ......Celebrate spring w/ Florida strawberries (DR) ........................11-1:00 p.m. Thu ..21 ......Musical Memories w/ Jean Packard Trio (COM)...................... 2:00 p.m. Sat ....24 ......Kellyn Celtic Dancers (COM) ........................ 2:30 p.m. Sun ..25......Celebrate the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary w/ Troop 2055 and cookies (CMR) ........ 2:45 p.m. Mon ..26......Shopping trip to Beall’s and lunch at Applebee’s (1FL) ................ 9:00 a.m. Tue ....27 ......Coca-Cola: History of An American Icon (COM) ......10:00 a.m. Tue ....27 ......Spring concert: Shell Point Singers and Bay Singers (VC).................................. 2:15 p.m. Thu ..29 ......National Nutrition Month: Salmon dinner (DR) ..................................4-6:00 p.m.


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Thu .... 1 ....Tune Topper (CMR) .................................... 2:30 p.m. Fri........ 2 ....Lunch trip: Ballyorney Irish pub (1FL) ........10:15 a.m. Tue ...... 6 ....Greeting card sales (1FL) ..............................11:30 a.m. Tue ...... 6 ....March birthdays w/ Vicki Lei (CMR) .......... 3:00 p.m. Thu...... 8 ....Shopping trip to Target (1FL) ...................... 9:00 a.m. Thu...... 8 ....Healthy Expo (1FL) ..................................11-1:00 p.m. Tue .... 13 ..Resident Council (CMR) ............................ 2:00 p.m. Thu ....15 ....New Resident Dinner (DR).......................... 5:00 p.m. Sat ......17 ....St. Patrick’s Day dinner celebration (DR) 4-6:00 p.m. Sat ......17 ....Travel Series: Ireland (1SR).......................... 6:30 p.m. Mon ....19 ....Side by Side performance (CMR) ................ 3:00 p.m. Tue...... 20 ....Happy Spring Flowers! (DR) ........................11:00 a.m. Tue ......20 ....Wellness Series: Osteoporosis (CMR)............2:00 p.m. Wed.... 21....Speaker Series: Red Cross Stories of Disaster (CMR) .. 3:00 p.m. Thu .... 22 ....Lunch at The Arbor Gazebo ........................11:00 a.m. Sun .... 25 ....Celebrate the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary w/ Troop 2055 and cookies (CMR) ...... 2:45 p.m. Mon ....26 ....Shopping trip to Beall’s lunch at Applebee’s (1FL) .................... 9:00 a.m. Tue ......27 ....Laughter and fun w/ Richard Nelson (CMR) ....................10:30 a.m. Tue ......27 ....Resident Food Advisory (CMR) ....................2:15 p.m. Wed ....28 ....National Nutrition Month: Salmon Dinner (DR) ........................ 4-6:00 p.m. Fri........30 ....Fresh Flower Arranging (4CR) ...................... 2:30 p.m. Sat ......31 ....March Madness: Final Four (1SR) ................ 6:00 p.m.

LARSEN PAVILION Thurs....1......Birthday Bash (2/3 DR) ..................................2:30 p.m. Fri ........2......Pet Therapy w/ Sammie (3/2 DR)......10:00/10:30 a.m. Sat........3......Happy Feet Dance Team (3/2 DR) ........1:20/2:20 p.m. Mon ....5......Music w/ Dot (2 DR) ....................................10:00 a.m. Tues......6...... Ruth Rodgers (3 DR)....................................10:00 a.m. Wed......7......Vickie Lee (2 DR)..........................................10:00 a.m. Thurs....8......Michael Anthony (3 DR) ..............................2:30 p.m. Fri ........9...... Pet Therapy w/ Sammie (2/3 DR) ....10:00/10:30 a.m. Mon ....12 .... Music Sing-A-Long (3 DR) ........................10:00 a.m. Tues ....13 .... Ruth Rodgers (3 DR)....................................10:00 a.m. Wed ....14 ....Pet Therapy w/ Eli (2/3 DR) ..................2:30/3:00 p.m. Thurs ..15 ....Side by Side (3 DR) ........................................2:30 p.m. Fri........16 .... Pet Therapy w/ Sammie (2/3 DR) ....10:00/10:30 a.m. Sat ......17 ....St Patricks Day Luncheon (MDR) ..............11:15 a.m. Mon ....19 ....Music w/ Dot (2 DR) ....................................10:00 a.m. Tues ....20 ....Ruth Rodgers, Piano (3 DR) ........................10:00 a.m. Wed ....21 ....Sing-a-Long w/ Art (3 DR) ..........................10:00 a.m. Thurs ..22 ....Sweet Sioux (2 DR)..........................................2:30p.m. Fri........23 ....Pet Therapy w/ Sammie (2/3 DR)......10:00/10:30 a.m. Mon ....26 ....Music Sing-A-Long (3DR) ..........................10:00 a.m. Tues ....27 ....Ruth Rodgers, Piano (3 DR) ........................10:00 a.m. Wed ....28 ....Pet Therapy w/ Eli (2/3 DR) ..................2:30/3:00 p.m.



ANNIVER0S12 1987-2

THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF KING’S CROWN Celebrating 25 years of assisted living services at Shell Point provides a wonderful opportunity to look back over this rich history of serving the needs of an aging Shell Point population. B Y R I TA S O U T H E R N ,


On this important anniversary as we take a look at those twenty-five years, a clear definition of assisted living will emerge, one that includes providing a variety of supportive services that encourage and promote as high a level of independence as possible. Quality of life has been the long-standing driver behind developing our Shell Point assisted living program.

Early Accommodations Twenty seven years ago, Shell Point was a community slowly beginning to recover from some of the

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most difficult economic times that the growing community would see. The Island at that time included all of the garden apartments; Mid-rise buildings Junonia, Turban, and

Lucina; the Medical Center; the Pavilion; the Village Church; a Village Center; amphitheater; and the Guest House. But one accommodation the community did not have was an assisted living facility, which would be necessary to maintain industry standards as well as protect against overuse of the skilled nursing facility.

Peter Dys, president of Shell Point, recalls, “Early in my tenure as a board member in the early 80s, my predecessor Dr. Bernard King conveyed the concept of assisted living to our Board of Directors as an emerging product that he felt could assist our residents in maintaining their independence and dignity in a facility that provided necessary support and assistance. I championed the idea with him and arranged for the Board of Directors to visit several assisted living facilities in Pennsylvania that ultimately resulted in the architectural design and development of a state-of-the-art social model assisted living facility at Shell Point that became King’s Crown. It coincided with a favorable refinancing of all Shell Point debt through a credit-enhanced bond financing that made it feasible.” With the approval of the Lee County Board of Commissioners, which came only after great effort was made by Dr. King and the support of Shell Point residents who testified to the need for the additional level of care that assisted living would provide, the bond issue moved forward. In 1985, plans began for a new assisted living facility that would be named King’s Crown.

At a Glance The History of March 3, 1987 King’s Crown welcomes its first resident Ruth Frey

1985 - Groundbreaking to start the construction of King’s Crown






August 2005 The Arbor, Shell Point’s second assisted living facility opens in The Woodlands.







1992 - King’s Crown ladies model fashions from Patchington’s

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December 1988 - King’s Crown longest resident, Dr. Liz Burrows, serves punch at Christmas

March 2006 - Second p The Arbor is opened

helped Shell Point residents answer the The building name was selected for a most common question that we hear asked variety of reasons. First, because it was in about assisted living services – when will I keeping with the overall pattern of naming know it’s time for me to start thinking about buildings within the community after pop- moving? The home-like environment of ular sea shells, but many people thought King’s Crown has always appealed to resithat the name was also chosen to honor Dr. dents as they began to feel the need to make King. However, he did not want personal a change in their living environment. In the 25 years since its complerecognition for the facility tion, King’s Crown has been home and would frequently say that to more than 1,140 residents, and King’s Crown was another was one of the first assisted living example of God’s grace and facilities in Lee County. When the abundant blessings on Shell industry was in its infancy, the King’s Point. King’s Crown quickly Crown set the standard for assisted established a new standard of living in Southwest Florida, proving excellence for the commuto be a valuable service to Shell Point nity and showcased Shell Dr. Bernard King residents. In 2008, King’s Crown Point’s commitment to quality healthcare upon its completion in 1987. completed a 1.5 million dollar renovation as part of Shell Point’s seven-year Healthcare Renaissance. Home-Like Environment

What’s in a Name?

The concept of assisted living was quickly embraced by Shell Point residents as they looked to retain as much of their independence as possible, while recognizing their growing need for a supportive environment. Early on we coined the phrase, “You can’t be too healthy to live in assisted living, but you can be too ill.” This phrase

Expanding Assisted Living Assisted living services have continued to expand at Shell Point over the past seven years. Featuring 130 spacious apartments, The Arbor opened in 2005 and provides assisted living services in The Woodlands neighborhood. This month, Shell Point will continue

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on its mission to care, serve, and satisfy with the opening of NN The Springs. The IVE 1 9 Springs will offer 87- RSAR 201 Y assisted living on a 2 month-to-month private pay basis. Shell Point continues to be an industry leader and strives to meet the needs of its residents, providing high quality care designed to promote independence in a home-like environment. “Shell Point is committed to providing excellence in assisted living care and services that gives residents the option of this important support to assist them in maintaining their independence and dignity as long as their health will allow,” said president Peter Dys.


In honor of King’s Crown’s 25th anniversary, we cordially invite all residents to experience a walking timeline through the history of assisted living at Shell Point. Join us for this informative walk through on Thursday, March 1, from 2 - 4:00 p.m. in the King’s Crown Community Room

January 2012

Volume 9, Issue 1


Shell Point’s Assisted Living

Activities, Events, and News for The Arbor at Shell Point A Arni Shareski Communion: Arni Shareski Communion Stewards: Erwin Rudolph Gala

Music: The Lennon Sisters


Nancy Pavey

Music: Delinda Bishop & Dotty Morrison Pianist: Dot Whiteman


Larsen Pavilion

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2009 - Shell Point earns reaccreditation from CARF-CCAC, a national non-profit accrediting body for continuing care retirement communities

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Happy New Year!

been abandoned by the end of Jan- resolutions fall by the wayside! uary. Why do we go to the trouble This year I’ve decided to focus on every year to commit to change, one area of my life in which I only to find ourselves settled back would like to make some improveinto our familiar bad habits within ments. While I’m not going to bore By Rita Southern, Director of a few weeks? you with the details, I’ve decided Assisted Living If you think about the defini- on some specific steps that I want Many of us tion of a New Year’s resolution, it’s to take to work towards that end J J Missionary Music: Miriam Armstrong spend the last few easy to see why so many get left in goal. I’ve also tried to keep my resdays of December theVolume dust so quickly. A resolution is olution realistic in the time and February 2012 31, Issue 2 recovering from the just a goal - without a plan for energy that I’m willing to dedicate hubbub of the hol- achieving it. Because we tend to to achieving the end result. I’m iday season while reflect on the past and look ahead sure that we all have areas of our contemplating our New Year’s reso- to the future on December 31, we lives that we would like to see some S lutions. As the New Year approaches can usually come up with a few changes. I challenge you to work M I w we tend to examine the past and ideas for how to improve our lives. towards setting attainable goals for look ahead to the future, often But most of us, although clear about 2012 and maybe we can compare to the As we’ve Activities, Events, and deciding that we need to do some- what we want to change, neglect to notes mid-year to see how well we c for King’s Crown at Shell Point thing differently – News lose weight, are all doing! Have a healthy, happy, develop a step-by-step plan. exercise more, find a way to be less Year!Brown, Sounds like a lot of work to do and blessing-filled New Sherry I like that phrase, Jerry Palmquist Music: To be announced Administrator stressed, or quit some bad habit on New Year’s Eve, when you’re Yet sometimes ourPianist: memories “ It’s a deliberate act Jerry Palmquist Delinda Bishop Vivian Beauchamp, that we’ve acquired. So, we make supposed to be celebrating and m o Director of Nursing a silent vow at the stroke of mid- having fun, doesn’t it? This could Carl Bowser Music: Pam Blough First Floor: Am I ‘losingPianist: it? ’” But night on New Years Eve, or earlier explain why so many of our Calvin Johansson Pam Earll, h for those of us that won’t make it By Inga Bredahl, Activities Supervisor ADON/Nurse Manager until midnight, to change ourselves Woody Stemple Music: Bruce Benson Memory Care Unit: Pianist: Charlotte MacDonald theand better during the coming Believe it or beauty in for living reasons to live. Cindy Johnson, in most cases, we find our not I recently Working year. here But at Shell Point and ADON/Nurse Manager It was David Perkins Music: Ladies Trio well-intentioned resolutions have turned the big seeing our active and happy resiThird Floor: h Pianist: Joyce Yeager Allison Brown, five-oh in January. dents reinforces to me that no one It can help us pass on ADON/Nurse Manager Now that I am 50, should have the fear of growing Rita Southern Rhanda Lee Inga Bredahl I remember bringing t 8100 Arbor Court Ashley Fox, Resident Relations Activities Supervisor h Sometimes we have it really doesn’t seem that old. Of old. I have learned many life les- Administrator Fort Myers, FL 33908 Admissions Coordinator course, I am experiencing some of sons from King’s Crown residents, Stacey Daniels-Dattilo David Robinson Susan Rosenthal (239) 454-2292 t R.N. Supervisor Hospitality Services Manager Activities Coordinator Darlene Coulombe, But, Then we can do the things that come with turning and it is clear that no matter how Kathy Fairbanks, 50. The gray in my hair is much “old” we are, there are always more Kelsey Patrick, more prominent and the boxed things to learn, experiences to Christine Perdue, Activities Department hair color I use doesn’t seem to last make, and stories to share. as long. What once looked like We need to laugh and smile Mardee Lader, Executive Secretary, cute freckles are now large brown daily, engage in stimulating activiAssociate Editor age spots. My joints sometimes ties and, most of all, celebrate the make loud popping sounds that I journey through life. So although I have never heard before and I have may be turning a year older, it’s not ..............................10:00 a.m. placed at least 30 pairs of dollar the number that matters, but the T store reader glasses in every room experiences and the past lessons 15071 Shell Point Blvd. of the house, so I can find them learned that I will take into the Fort Myers, FL 33908 when needed. years to come. I know I will con(239) 415-5442 I read somewhere that we all tinue to make new friends and Admissions: start to age the moment we are enjoy life, one day at a time . . . plus (239) 415-5432 born, but we only start to get old the discounts I will receive aren’t the moment we no longer find that bad either!



Crown Chronicle

February 2008 - King’s Crown completes a $1.5 million renovation as part of Shell Point’s seven year healthcare Renaissance


Music: To be announced Pianist: Dot Whiteman






Rita Southern Administrator

Katalin Carrow Resident Relations

Linda Rakos

Brenda Mango

Inga Bredahl

Hospitality Services

R.N. Supervisor

Activities Supervisor

January 2012

News, Events, & Happenings at The Larsen Pavilion at Shell Point

Anticipation of a

BRIGHT NEW YEAR By Sherry Brown, Administrator When confronted with the first for each of us to set goals and define day of January, I find myself antici- our New Year resolutions. As we enter 2012, we anticipate pating another wonderful new year, and also recalling the past. It is hard another wonderful year with many to imagine that another 12 months special activities and programs dehave passed, but they have indeed! signed to bring joy to our residents and satisfaction to our staff. Do you remember entering 2011? I am sure that each of you also During 2011, The Larsen Pavilion completed a major renovation anticipates opportunities and chalthat lasted seven years and culmi- lenges while you look forward to nated with the opening of two brand new buildings, the Administration Building and the Rehabilitation Center. The two additions, together with the Larsen Pavilion and the J. Howard Wood Medical Center were named the Waterside MedThe Pavilion staff and ical Complex. The vision administration wish you became reality, and these a Happy New Year. wonderful new facilities are this wonderful New Year. My hope being well-utilized! Every New Year brings opportu- for each of you is that God’s blessnities for new beginnings and also ings are abundant and that the new allows reflection on the past year’s year brings you the very best! The Larsen Pavilion staff and accomplishments. It is also a time I wish you a blessed New Year!

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2012 - King’ Crown, The Arbor, and The Pavilion newsletters receive a design makeover.



2012 - The Springs is completed and open for its first resident

2008 - King’s Crown celebrates its 1,000th resident Dr. Robert Mosley

September 2011 - Renovation begins to transform the Country Inn & Suites into The Springs assisted living

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Advisory Boards Residents and Staff Join Forces to Enhance Programs at Shell Point Advisory Boards were created so that various aspects of resident life could be shared with residents who take a special interest in those areas. By bringing residents with these special interests together with staff who handle these areas, the department of Resident Life is able to take a closer look at resource allocation, implementation, and evaluation of programs. These resident groups receive information at the advisory board meetings that apply to their special interests. Resident Life has added two new advisory boards this year, bringing the total to six groups to support the resident life department. The Fine and Performing Arts advisory board evaluates and provides feedback regarding a variety of events held at Shell Point, including the Shell Point Concert and Speaker Series. Topics, performers, entertainment, and presenters are all considered along with the logistics of the events. The Academy advisory board meets on a quarterly basis to consider topics and details related to the 70 to 90 classes offered each trimester in the Academy at Shell Point. Resident members of this advisory board represent varying areas of special interest. The Technology advisory board meets on a monthly basis to consider the teaching of, and resident access to, technology at Shell Point. Resident members who serve on this advisory board include the leaders of each of the groups and clubs that focus on technology. The Program advisory board meets on a monthly basis to evaluate existing trips and consider new adventures, special events, and programs planned and organized by the resort services department. The Community Thrift Store advisory board is new and has been instrumental in planning for the operation of the volunteer committees and the special projects taken on by the store. The Health Connections advisory board is also new and will meet twice a year to consider topics of interest in the areas of health and physical fitness. Resident board members serve two-year terms, and all residents interested in a specific area are encouraged to call Teri Kollath at 454-2254.


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FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS ADVISORY BOARD L-R: Dee Horne, Randy Woods, Marian Davey, Peter Nanfelt, Ella Wolf, Teri Kollath, Bradford Prokop, Alvin Park, and Dawn Boren

ACADEMY ADVISORY BOARD Back row L-R: Ginny Miller-Plaza, Charlie Sappenfield, Jim Davey, Bill Saunders, and Sheila Sklar. Front row L-R: Emily Kleitzen, Karen Hubbard, Ed Fulker, and Teri Kollath. Not pictured: Ann Erickson

TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY BOARD L-R: Ginny Miller-Plaza, Penny Modrich, Russ Kraay, Richard Nelson, Harold Seer, Janet Medina, Floyd Jamison, Lowell Schulz, Bruce Findley, Linda Jansen, Marion Britz, Colleen Curry, and Teri Kollath. Not pictured: Larry Brock, Joseph Cramer, Alice Debaun, Gerald DeBaun, Edward Eberhard, Jeffrey Hennick, H. Blaine Miller, Margaret Singer, Blanche Smith, Donald Tomkinson, and Wayne Wolfert

PROGRAM ADVISORY BOARD Back row L-R: Fritz Knox, Jack Hubbard, Peter Lekouses, Melody Desilets, and Mary Franklin. Front row L-R: Renee Maxwell, Linda Nickerson, and Barbara Milligan. Not pictured: Bev Chandley, Robert Britz, Bev Chandley, Ann Erickson, Elizabeth Kruesi, Carol Palermo, June Timothy, and Elizabeth Watt

THRIFT STORE ADVISORY BOARD Standing L-R: Dawn Boren, Debbie Zeis, and Teri Kollath. Seated: Dianne Morton, and Jean Hannan. Not pictured: Nancy Barsuhn, Sam Cutter, Inga Bredahl, and Lynn Schneider

HEALTH CONNECTION ADVISORY BOARD L-R: Linda Rakos, Ron Bach, Dawn Boren, Pedro Ponce, Tom Lasier, Bill Staples, Lex Roulston, Jan Locken, Robyn Church, Jackie Ferguson, Inga Bredahl, Mary Franklin, and Colleen Curry. Not pictured: Dr. Carol Clark, Michelle Smith, Ron Cambell, and Jean Field

Friendly Road Reminder It is important not to lose sight of road safety during the hustle and bustle of season at Shell Point — that’s why you are reminded to use extra caution operating moving vehicles. Please obey all community traffic signs and do not exceed the posted speed limit of 15 mph on Shell Point roads, and 5 mph in parking areas while operating

your automobiles and golf carts. Remember, pedestrians always have the right-of-way. Pay close attention to curves in the road and walking path cross walks. Residents, as well as staff members, are reminded to have their automobiles and golf carts checked to ensure that all equipment is functioning properly.

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Sharon ‘s flare for art and design in the resident gift shop. Look for is expressed in her sophisticated, a new design coming soon! She asymmetrical hair style. Sharon enjoyed a also enjoys the art and quilting groups as an outlet career as an art and design for all her creative teacher before making Shell energy. She spent Point her home. Sharon her life teaching art, actually designed this style and now is happy for herself long ago, but to continue her passion of crecould not find the right stylating art. ist to deliver the finished What makes Sharon’s style result. When Sharon visited asymmetrical is that one side the Shell Point Salon & Spa, appears to be a pixie cut, she shared her vision with while the other stylist Kim Turnbull. Sharon side resembles a recalls, “When I shared Sharon’s assymbob style. In my design with Kim, she metrical style is a essence, she has just ran with it. When she combination bob and pixie cuts. two styles rolled finished cutting my hair, I into one. One said, ‘Yes! That’s it!’” ear is completely Sharon adds, “I think the salon is just great. revealed while I would recommend it to anyone.” the other is covIn addition to designing her own style, ered to mid-ear Sharon designs and sews purses that she sells

length. The varying lengths are blended where they meet in the back with a soft sweeping motion. The nape area is tapered with the length gradually increasing as the hair gets closer to the crown. The bob version is slightly undercut so that it will style under with ease instead of flipping out and creating what many people refer to as “wings”. For many styles, avoiding “wings” is a delicate balance between the right cut and the right length. Sharon’s style is simple and manageable for her straight hair. Sharon says, “I wanted something I could wash, blow dry, and go. This style gives me just that.” Kenra shine spray was added after the blow dry for healthy shine. Shine spray is a must-have in everyone’s arsenal of tricks. Kenra shine spray will not leave hair greasy or heavy; only a light gloss lays on top of the hair for added manageability.

First Customer Enjoys New Massage Room While the magic hands of licensed massage therapist Marianne Dabinett remain the same, the space where massage services are offered has not! The recent Salon & Spa expansion has provided a new and greatly improved space for customers to receive the healing, renewing, and relaxing benefits of massage. Babs Schnoes Babs Schnoes was the first customer to enjoy massage in the new space located in the Island Salon & Spa. Babs is committed to a regular massage schedule, as she has experienced the benefits for the last few years with Marianne. Babs shares, “Massage with Marianne’s magic fingers relieves my body aches and improves my range of motion. I always leave feeling peaceful and relaxed Massage Therapist with a refreshed sense of well being.” Marianne Dabinett More Than a Traditional Massage

Marianne is also certified to provide an ancient method of massage known as Reflexology. Reflexology recognizes that specific areas of the hands and feet defer to specific areas and organs of the body. It can be done alone, or in combination with traditional massage. If you are interested in learning more about massage and reflexology, please join us during the upcoming Health Connection classes. To schedule a massage with Marianne, call the Island Salon & Spa at 489-8400. 38

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Skin Glows with Health Connection

EJ Erb was among the ladies having fun with skin care.

Fun was shared by all of the ladies who attended the hands-on instructional Health Connection classes geared toward maintaining healthy skin. During the class, masked faces shared great tips, lots of laughter, and the beauty of clean skin. Look for a replay of this popular class next semester in Health Connection.

Cruise with the King’s Brass January 5 -12, 2013 oF


Breaking News! 7-Night Caribbean Cruise Rates Drastically Reduced Princess Cruises has recently extended a deeply discounted rate for certain cabins on the Caribbean cruise with The King’s Brass – up to a $1,000 discount! Set sail to the southern Dutch Caribbean aboard the magnificent Caribbean Princess while enjoying an innovative worship experience. Residents will experience azure blue waters, warm tropical breezes, exquisite cuisine, and the inspirational sounds of Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass, all at a reduced rate. In times of fellowship, entertainment, and inspiration, Randy Woods, minister of worship and music for The Village Church, will be your host and director of activities throughout the cruise. Randy's leadership will provide opportunities for friendly interactions, group Randy Woods excursions, and special times of worship and Christian nurture. To take advantage of these special savings while it they last, contact Jeanne VanHouten of Isings Travel at 1-800-562-7672.


Enjoy Sacred Music with

Craig Courtney and The Village Church Choir Sunday, March 18, at 6:15 p.m. • Church Auditorium Craig Courtney, prolific composer, arranger, pianist, and senior editor of Beckenhorst Press, will perform in concert with The Village Church Choir. This program will feature the inspired stories behind the music that Courtney has composed. “Because of Craig Courtney’s significant contributions of quality sacred music to the church; it will be a very special privilege for our choir to sing his music with him,” says Pastor Randy Woods, minister of worship and music for The Village Church. “Craig’s music gives melody to inspirational messages with his creative compositions and arrangements.” It will be an added joy to have Janet van Graas, principle flute with the Dayton Philharmonic, participate in this concert as she plays Courtney's solo arrangements for flute and obbligato accompaniments for the choral music. The program will include: Here I Am Lord, Be Not Afraid, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, Give Me Jesus, None Other Lamb, Gimme That Old-time Religion. Tickets are available for $10 each, and can be purchased online at For more information call 454-2147.

MISSIONARY UPDATE: Dominican Republic newly developing, eastern side of Several years ago, The the island. Two years later, in Village Church began a September 2009, the idea became partnership with Zac and Julie a reality when they moved to Stutler and others in the Punta Cana. Dominican Republic, sending Zac and Julie have planted a teams to share their skills and church among the increasing poppresent seminars to the peoulation of professionals in Punta ple of Punta Cana. In March, Cana. That area is quickly becomZac and Julie will visit Shell Zac and Julie Stutler ing one of the most visited tourist Point to share what God is destinations in the Caribbean, but is lacking in doing on this lovely island. For 22 years, the Stutlers have considered church facilities. The Stutlers have established it a joy to work as International Workers with relationships with these professionals and their the Christian and Missionary Alliance in the families, and have provided practical seminars Dominican Republic. Their journey started among this rapidly growing demographic. Less than a year ago, a new “Alianza” after raising two children and sending them off to college. Zac and Julie began to pray and ministry center opened its doors. Many investigate the possibility of moving to the Dominicans already faithfully attend the







weekly services and children’s clubs, and an outreach to teens is well underway. Marriage seminars, cooking classes, Bible study classes and participation in Punta Cana community events are just a few of the ways Zac and Julie have integrated into the community. Learn More

The Stutlers will be featured at the Sunday services on March 4, at 10:15 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. The monthly Women’s Ministries Global Outreach program will be moved to a different week and day in order to have the opportunity to hear from Julie Stutler. All women are invited to share in refreshments and hear Julie share on Monday, March 5 at 10:15 a.m. in the Hospitality Room at The Village Church.

The blooms on Darwin’s Orchids are very rare – appearing once every two or three years.

Darwin’s Orchid

Intriguing Beauty


hell Point’s Orchid House recently Madagascar, Darwin’s Orchids are unique won a blue ribbon for their beau- in that each plant features a foot-long, nectifully developed Darwin’s Orchid. “It was the tar-containing tube which opens into the first time they’ve ever entered an orchid in a throat of the flower. In the 1850s, no one knew what could fertilcompetition, which shows ize a plant with this their extraordinary talent shape. Origin of Species’ Other orchids that can be found in the Orchid and skill level to cultivate House include the Free Spirit ‘Lea’ (left) and author Charles Darwin, this prize-winning orchid,” the V. Pachara Delight ‘Pachara’ (right) hypothesized that a praised Mary Franklin, resort The Case of the Missing Orchid moth with a twelve-inch services manager. Who could have ever guessed that scantongue visited the plant Helen Remington, head every night. Much to the dal and intrigue would touch the Orchid of the Shell Point Orchid discomfiture of those who House at Shell Point? “Darwin’s Orchids House committee, comhad scoffed at his idea, rarely bloom – about once every two years or mented on this rare-bloomThis year, the Darwin’s Orchid evidence was discovered to three years. We bought our first Darwin’s ing flower. “The Darwin’s had multiple flowes at once. support his theory. After Orchid in 1995,” shared Helen, “and nursed Orchid is our favorite plant because of its fascinating shape, its unique this breakthrough, the Darwin’s Orchid took it for six years until it finally grew four nice method of pollination, and the history its name from Charles Darwin, who was blooms. Obviously this must have appealed known for his interest in researching and to our local version of ‘The Orchid Thief,’ behind the orchid.” because it disappeared on the night of Found on trees in the mountains of understanding the fertilization of orchids. January 31, 2001.” The Orchid House recovered by purchasing another Darwin’s Orchid. “We worried about having to live forever to see another bloom,” laughed Helen, “But fate has been kind, as two years later the plant yielded two nice blooms.” The Shell Point Orchid House is home to more than 1,000 plants that are cared for by dedicated resident volunteers.

Shell Point Life March 2012  
Shell Point Life March 2012  

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